Daily Post : CCTV images of murdered spy Gareth Williams released

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

CCTV images of murdered spy Gareth Williams released

by Eryl Crump, Daily Post | September 7, 2010

Images of the last known sightings of murdered MI6 spy Gareth Williams before his body was discovered padlocked in a holdall have been released.

The CCTV images have been released by police as part of an appeal for information into the death of the 30-year-old from Valley, Anglesey.

They show Mr Williams out and about in London on the weekend of August 14/15. His body was found in a bag in the bath of his central London flat nine days later.

The first footage shows him entering Holland Park tube station in west London at about 3pm on August 14. A second bit of film shows him on the following day shopping in west London around the Brompton Road area and going into Harrods.

Detective Chief Inspector Jacqueline Sebire, who is leading the inquiry, said Mr Williams had returned from a planned holiday in the United States on Wednesday August 11 and went shopping “on a number of occasions” in the West End and Knightsbridge.

On Sunday August 15, he went to a cash machine and then to Harrods before CCTV images show him in Hans Crescent, heading towards Sloane Street, at about 2.30pm

Ms Sebire said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have seen or had contact with Gareth between August 11 and 23 to come forward and speak with us. This remains a complex unexplained death inquiry.”

Detectives said they were also trying to trace two people seen near the code-breaker's flat.

Ms Sebire said officers want to identify a man and a woman, both of Mediterranean appearance and aged between 20 and 30, who were let into the communal entrance of Mr Williams’ flat in Pimlico late one evening in June or July.

His body was found by officers who broke in after Mr Williams failed to appear at work for several days.

Post mortem examinations found “no obvious cause of death” and initial indications from toxicology tests showed no trace of any alcohol or routine or recreational drugs. Testing for any other substance is ongoing.

Ms Sebire said there was no sign of any forced entry to his flat in Alderney Street, no signs of disturbance inside, and no property was believed to be missing.

“There is no suggestion the items within the flat were specifically posed,” she said.

Mr Williams was days from completing a one-year secondment to the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, in London.

His horrified family have paid tribute to him describing him as a “generous, loving son, brother and friend”.

A keen cyclist, Mr Williams often visited his family, who live at Valley near Holyhead, and often took part in events organised by Holyhead Cycling Club and Clwb Rasio Mona.

His family have hit out at rumours suggesting he was involved in risky sexual practices, saying they had been “very distressing”.

In a statement they said: “His loss has devastated us and we would ask anyone with information to come forward and assist the police inquiry.”

Police urged anyone with information to contact the incident room on 0208 358 0200 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.